Santa Horgan is so busy! Handing out BOTH Halloween candy, cash AND Christmas gifts all at the same time!
That’s all in addition to the BILLIONS of dollars he has already handed out to “select” British Columbians over the past six months.
Thursday Horgan, without any indication Ottawa will cost share, promised to proceed with a $1.3 Billion extension of Skytrain all the way to Langley.
Horgan has also promised a “long-term” plan to create jobs by increasing ship building in BC (LOL! … at BC labour rates? Fast Ferries …the sequel? LOL!) and the NDP says it will also go ahead with a new Massey tunnel.
The NDP is even promising “FREE” money … $1,000 to be deposited directly into your bank account for every family earning less than $125,000 a year!
And we’ve already heard the BC Liberals’ plans for elimination of the Provincial Sales Tax, removing ICBC’s monopoly for basic auto insurance, providing a new tax credit for seniors’ home care and $1 billion in funding to improve long-term care homes.
You’re a fool if you are an ordinary working taxpayer and don’t realize YOU will be getting the bill for every penny of it, probably plus interest, after the election!
The latest polls show the NDP will likely win the Oct 24 vote, so I looked closely at the party’s platform released last week: https://www.bcndp.ca/platform
This synopsis from The Vancouver Sun:
“• A one-time $1,000 direct deposit to families whose household income is under $125,000 annually – with a sliding scale up to $175,000.
• A one-time $500 direct deposit to single people earning less than $62,000 annually – with a sliding scale up to $87,000.
• Free transit passes on TransLink and B.C. Transit for children up to the age of 12.
• A freeze on rent increases until the end of 2021. Although Horgan initially said the freeze will not apply if a renter has already signed a new lease, the NDP later said he misspoke and the freeze would invalidate any rent increase in a lease.
• The return of the 2017 election promise for a $400 “renter’s rebate,” though this version is watered down to only apply for “income-tested” households earning up to $80,000 annually that don’t currently receive any other rent supports.
• A “fast-track” toward decriminalization of simple possession of drugs, with a promise to develop a “made-in-B.C. solution” if Ottawa does not act.
• A new income-tested incentive on purchasing electric vehicles.
• A promise to bring in a public strata insurance solution similar to Saskatchewan if B.C.’s growing strata insurance rates don’t drop by 2021.
• Free prescription contraceptives.
• A widened and modernized Fraser Highway by 2026.
• The province-wide ban on single use plastic grocery bags, which is currently up to individual municipalities.
• A “work towards” commitment to develop universal access to before- and after-school care on school grounds.
• A new medical school to train more doctors, although no location was provided. Horgan said he will talk to all post-secondary schools to determine the best location.”
*And, a free contraception program that will cost an estimated $60 million a year.
Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson has promised an $8 Billion stimulus program, including a new 10-lane George Massey Bridge, linking Richmond to Delta. ( https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/bc-liberals-infrastructure-plan-2020-george-massey-bridge ) and a province-wide rental construction stimulus program.
Wilkinson has also vowed the Liberals will build a $300 Million second Surrey Hospital as well as a new 200-bed Richmond Hospital tower.
Spend, spend, spend.
WHERE are all the NEW jobs to produce the taxes to pay for it all the NEW spending?????
Or what current programs/spending are they going to cut and eliminate to cover the costs?
The projected annual deficit for 2020-2021, before the NDP announced its new Platform, was $12.8 Billion … actually more likely expected to hit $15 Billion!
The NDP government’s previously announced $1.5 Billion Covid economic stimulus program ( https://www.newwestrecord.ca/b-c-s-economic-recovery-plan-targets-job-creation-tourism-sector-1.24205042 ) won’t come close to covering the cost of the promises.
And no doubt, there’s more to come.
The taxpayers” credit card runneth over!
These promises … even if ALL added up … would not even come close to funding all the promises the Liberals and NDP have made!
The party leaders and the parties’ candidates should be asked over and over again and must tell us how they propose to pay for their generosity with our money.
Surely, that should be a priority question in Tuesday’s televised Leader’s Debate … and they should not be allowed to slide around on it.
But let’s keep it real: don’t be surprised if the issue is not even raised!
Without a LOT more job growth … NOTHING either party has announced can be paid for … without squeezing YOU for more!
Hard to do at a time of social distancing!
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